Wife of former MP dies at the age of 88

JANET Myles, the wife of former MP for Banffshire and Edzell farmer David Myles, has passed away peacefully at the age of 88.

Mrs Myles, the mother of current Brechin councillor and leader of the Angus Council administration Bob Myles, was born at Wester Tulloch, Midmar, Aberdeenshire, on November 9, 1923.

She soon moved to Montrose, when her father took the farm of Glenskenno, Hillside.

Educated at Dun Primary School and Montrose Academy, Mrs Myles went to work in the Clydesdale Bank of Montrose, then in the office of the Chivers factory.

A founder member of Brechin Young Farmers, she met her husband during his leave from the Royal Marines after war service.

They were married at Keithhall Church, Inverurie, in February 1951, when she was keeping house for her mother and brother at Craigforthie, Inverurie. The couple moved to Dalbog, building the bungalow Seven Trees, then into the farmhouse in 1958.

They had four of a family – Catherine, Robert, Lorna and Peter.

Janet was a stalwart in many organisations and her sporting passion was curling.

After joining Edzell Curling Club she felt there was little opportunity for women so, with like-minded ladies, formed Dalhousie Ladies Curling Club.

Mrs Myles sold butter and jam she had made in the area.

On her husband’s election as an MP in 1979 Mrs Myles kept an eye on the farm in his absence and accompanied him to civic functions and events.

The couple moved to Dunlappie Road, Edzell, in 1985, where Mrs Myles continued her many interests, most notably bridge.

Mrs Myles is survived by husband David, sisters Connie and Sheila, brother Ronnie, four of a family, 12 grandchildren and four great grandchildren.